Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hal Laycoe
Defenceman Hal Laycoe played over 500 NHL games in the 1940s and '50s. He was a solid positional player who took the body well and moved the puck up to his forwards with efficiency.

Born in Sutherland, Saskatchewan, Laycoe played senior hockey in Saskatoon with the Dodgers and Quakers. During World War II, he skated with the Canadian Postal Corps as well as the Toronto and Winnipeg Navy units. He turned pro in 1945-46 by playing 17 games with the New York Rangers and starring on the blueline of the New York Rovers of the EHL. Following the season he was named to the EHL's second all-star team.

Laycoe was a solid regular in 58 games for the Blueshirts in 1946-47 before he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the off-season. He was a semi-regular in Montreal but also saw extensive ice time in the AHL with the Buffalo Bisons. In February 1951, he found an NHL home when he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Ross Lowe. Laycoe solidified the Boston defensive troops through the 1955-56 season and helped the club reach the finals in 1953.

Laycoe became a coach with the WHL's New Westminster Royals in 1956-57 and remained with the franchise when it relocated to Victoria. He also coached the Portland Buckaroos for nine seasons and won a league championship in 1965. In 1969-70, Laycoe coached the L.A. Kings for 24 games then guide the expansion Vancouver Canucks the following year. He was let go by the club after a difficult 20-50-8 season in 1971-72.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1938-39 Saskatoon Jr. Chiefs N-SJHL 3 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Saskatoon Dodgers N-SJHL 4 1 5 6 6 2 0 4 4 4
1940-41 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers N-SJHL 11 12 11 23 13 2 3 4 7 0
1940-41 Saskatoon Quakers N-SSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers M-Cup 10 4 8 12 22
1941-42 Saskatoon Quakers N-SSHL 28 14 13 27 27 9 3 4 7 4
1941-42 Saskatoon Quakers Al-Cup 4 0 1 1 0
1942-43 Ottawa Postal Corps OCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Toronto Navy OHA-Sr. 14 6 6 12 4
1943-44 Toronto People's Credit TIHL 9 3 1 4 2 9 2 6 8 11
1944-45 Winnipeg Navy WNDHL 15 10 15 25 8 5 5 8 13 0
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 17 0 2 2 6
1945-46 New York Rovers EAHL 35 7 22 29 25
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 58 1 12 13 25
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 1 2 3 4
1947-48 Buffalo Bisons AHL 45 8 25 33 36 8 2 0 2 15
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 3 5 8 31 7 0 1 1 13
1948-49 Buffalo Bisons AHL 10 4 1 5 10
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 0 2 2 21 2 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 38 0 2 2 25
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 6 1 1 2 4 6 0 1 1 5
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 70 5 7 12 61 7 1 1 2 11
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 54 2 10 12 36 11 0 2 2 10
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 16 19 29 2 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 70 4 13 17 34 5 1 0 1 0
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 65 5 5 10 16
1956-57 New Westminster Royals WHL
NHL Totals 531 25 77 102 292 40 2 5 7 39


EAHL Second All-Star Team (1946) Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers with Joe Bell and George Robertson for Buddy O'Connor and Frank Eddolls, August 19, 1947. Traded to Boston by Montreal for Ross Lowe, February 14, 1951.